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    Posted on 28/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    A new study from Duke University found that men and women were more drawn to job ads that used language describing typically masculine or feminine traits, respectively.

    The interesting part is, the participants in the study did not consciously realize they were reacting to the gendered language. “When we ask people why they don’t like a job, they come up with all kinds of explanations. Not one participant picked up on gendered language,” said an author of the study.

    For example:

    [T]he masculine advertisement for a registered nurse read, “We are determined to deliver superior medical treatment tailored to each individual patient,” while the feminine advertisement said, “We are committed to providing top quality health care that is sympathetic to the needs of our patients.”

    The authors of the study say the findings might explain why women are less likely to apply to jobs in scientific and technical fields.

    The most surprising part of this is that the participants didn’t realize why they preferred one job description over another. Are we limiting ourselves to certain jobs typically geared towards women, without realizing it?

    Wanted: Gender-free job ads

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  • Last Minute Holiday Saves

    Posted on 27/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a few days off work and some delicious homemade pecan pie. Luckily, the holidays are right around the corner. The days leading up to the 25th are the busiest; this weekend we had two fun holiday parties to go to, but I’m wiped!

    In case you have some last minute holiday chores still left to do, here are some saves I’ve found that will help you pull it all together.

    Free gift tags, fresh from the printer.

    Want to spruce up your gifts, but don’t have time to go shop for the trimmings? Design*Sponge has these free, printable holiday gift tags (like the one pictured above). They have a classic feel to them and they’re quite lovely (and free!).

    Quick, grocery store gift idea: hot chocolate basket.

    Also from Design*Sponge, a picture-perfect gift basket with all the ingredients you need for a perfect hot chocolate experience, items you can cobble together from your local grocery store. Follow their lead to assemble the elements into a cute package.

    Waiting to the absolute last minute to buy presents? A final countdown of eleventh-hour ideas, up until December 25th.

    The Daily Beast has ideas for the pro-level procrastinators out there, with instructions on what to get if you wait until December 23rd, 24th… even 25th. If you’re left to get a gift the day-of, I must say, their solution is pretty good!’s free one-day shipping on electronics.

    Get it while you still can — Amazon’s free one-day shipping on select electronics. One option is the newest HD Flip Camera, for $99.

    Music therapy.

    If you’re not inundated with holiday music already, or if you need a quick playlist for some impromptu entertaining, try these pre-made holiday playlists from iTunes: one, two, and three.

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  • More Law School Doom; Are You Going?

    Posted on 27/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    Back in August, I shared my thoughts on law school amid all the news stories describing the bust of the legal industry. I stand by my (non-expert) advice on the topic. If you want to be a lawyer, have good grades, and can get into a school with proven job placement, go to law school.

    A recent New York Times article provides yet another account of why lawyers and law students are doomed. A lot of it is fair. Schools do inflate and fudge their employment numbers to lure new students. As the author says, schools depict a feast for new lawyers, where the reality is more akin to a famine.

    I’d like to hear thoughts from lawyers out there, and from readers considering going to law school. What’s your reality? If you were planning on going to law school at some point, have you been dissuaded? Have you chosen an alternate graduate school path?

    If you never were planning on going to law school, but you’re planning to attend or already attend another graduate school, what’s the climate there?

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    Posted on 25/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    Starting in September, I’ll be traveling around Europe for a month. I’ll be in between jobs, and I’ve never done a big European trip before. I’ll be going to England and Scotland with my mom, and Croatia, Budapest, and Berlin with my fiance. It’s going to be glorious!

    I’m already stressed, though, about the packing situation. I plan on getting a few basic, washable cotton dresses that I can wear again and again. I realize, though, that I need to replace my 10-year-old, heavy luggage with something lighter and more portable.

    I’ve gathered up a few options here for my trip, that would also be great for business travel. But, I would love to hear your suggestions before I purchase anything!

    Also: Any travel tips for Dubrovnik, Croatia, Budapest, or Berlin? Please share!


    The High Sierra 26″ Wheeled Duffle ($103) is a wheeled upright bag, duffle bag, and backpack all in one. I like the versatility. It’s gotten great reviews on Amazon. At 12 pounds, though, I’d like to go a little lighter.

    The Skyway Sigma 26″ Expandable Packing Case ($120) lacks the versatility of the High Sierra — it looks like you can only use it as a wheeled bag. But, it’s only 9 pounds, and reviewers say it’s sturdy.


    LL Bean’s Quickload Upright Duffle, 26″ ($149) is the lightest at just under 8 pounds. Reviewers say it’s durable and packs a surprising amount. It doesn’t have much structure, so things inside will probably get crushed — but structure’s what you sacrifice for a lighter weight.
    What do you use when you travel?

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    Posted on 25/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    The Huffington Post’s new editorial section Women in Tech is excellent. I first happened upon it when reading this article on Rent the Runway’s CEO.

    In a new profile on Marissa Mayer in the HP, Vice President at Google, Mayer addresses the dearth of women in tech jobs. She blames the low representation of women on the stereotype we associate with techies:

    Mayer also has concerns about the relatively low number of women working in tech. She estimates that just 15 to 17 percent of Silicon Valley engineers are women, who make up less than 20 percent of all engineering and computer science majors in the US.

    Mayer blames the dearth of female programmers and Internet entrepreneurs in part on tech’s image problem. She argues that growing up, girls are offered a narrow stereotype of what it means to be a “geek” — something akin to the bespectacled loner who spends hours typing away at a screen. Attracting more women to the Silicon Valleys, Alleys and Roundabouts of the world requires doing away with those stereotypes and showing young women that techies don’t have to love video games. Mayer herself is no ordinary geek: she’s a former ballet dancer with a penchant for cupcakes and the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.

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    As women become more familiar with technology, Mayer predicts they will become more curious about it, which in turn will attract more of them to computer science and engineering.

    What do you think of Mayer’s theory? Growing up, I never thought of being a tech entrepreneur as an option. I’m not sure why. I know that I felt that tech entrepreneurs had a skill set and abilities that I didn’t have, and never would. I never considered why I felt that avenue was closed to me. Perhaps I just didn’t want to explore it.

    Knowing what I know now — the exponential growth of the tech world, the ability of tech-oriented people to start their own companies with relatively nothing — I would have focused my energies on a career in tech rather than law. For now, though, I need to pay off my law school debt.

    What about you? Did you ever consider a career in tech? Do you ever wish you had followed a different career path?

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    Posted on 24/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    Check out Mark Zuckerberg’s personal stationery, created so that he can respond to personal letters from Facebook users in style. I love this — it’s recognizing the power that a personal letter has.

    How often do you write personal letters in business? Is all your correspondence via email? It’s nice to send congratulatory notes in hard copies — it feels more official, somehow. Next time a business contact achieves a victory in his or her field, or a former colleague snags a great job, consider sending an old-fashioned (typed) letter.

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    Posted on 23/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    …says the Economist. Men have measurable health benefits from being surrounded by women during their lusty, pubescent years. (The opposite is not true for women).

    Researchers looked at males who went to high school with lots of women, and males who went to high school with fewer. The former category lived longer than their counterparts — an increase in lifespan comparable to that from exercising or losing excess weight. But why?
    Possible explanations, according to the article:

    The idea that a dearth of available women hurts male longevity has been around for some time. There are several reasons why such a hypothesis makes sense. It is now well established that marriage has a beneficial effect on health and survival. Since women are traditionally the caregivers, these benefits accrue especially to men. If there are fewer potential mates around, men may delay marriage or forgo it entirely, losing out on these nuptial niceties. In addition, with more men and fewer single women, the intense competition for a mate is likely to be stressful. Such early-life stress is known to have effects on health that can last for years.

    So is the same not true for women because men haven’t traditionally been caregivers? It can’t be the other explanation. I’d balk at an assertion that women don’t experience the same stress or competition for mates that males do. One episode of Sex & the City is enough to destroy that hypothesis completely.

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    Posted on 22/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    In the past, most infidelity studies have examined demographics. Now there’s a new study from the University of Guelph in Canada on the personality characteristics of male and female cheaters — looking at interpersonal factors and sexual personality in addition to demographics.

    The findings: The biggest indicators in cheating men are “propensity for sexual excitation” (becoming easily aroused) and concern about sexual performance failure. For women, it’s relationship dissatisfaction.

    While the fear of sexual performance failure would seem to be an odd reason to be unfaithful, researchers say this finding has been discovered in other studies.

    One reason for this association may be that “People might seek out high-risk situations to help them become aroused, or they might choose to have sex with a partner outside of their regular relationship because they feel they have an ‘out’ if the encounter doesn’t go well – they don’t have to see them again, ” said Milhausen.

    For women, relationship happiness is the key. Women who are dissatisfied with their relationship are more than twice as likely to cheat; those who feel they are sexually incompatible with their partners are nearly three times as likely.

    I wonder how this fits in with the genetic theory of cheating. Perhaps the size of a man’s vasopressin receptor gene is somehow tied to his “propensity for sexual excitation”? I’m not going to pretend to attempt any scientific analysis of this… I’m a lawyer, after all. But I think it’s fair to say that the reason why anyone cheats is a complicated, complex question.

    Another interesting tidbit: 23% of men in the study reported infidelity, which is not much more than the 19% figure for women.

    Maybe I’m extremely cynical, but 23% seems low to me. I see this as good news! Fewer than 1 in 4 men cheat (if the figure is reliable). Well done, men and women!

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    Posted on 22/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    Do you ever see a dress (or scarf, or pair of shoes) and think that it’s pretty much perfect?

    Well, that’s what I thought when I saw this dress. I love the colour, I love the shape, I love the architectural zig-zag seams, I love the little sleeves, I love the weight of the fabric.

    It’s so perfect on its own, that you wouldn’t need to pair it with much else. I’d add a chunky vintage bracelet, a woven bag, and a pair of heels and call it a day.

    It’s the Diane von Furstenberg Trapp Dress. Too bad it’s £162.50 (on sale, even).

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    Posted on 21/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    This just looks like a row of old hardcover books, right? It’s more than that. It’s a storage bin covered with repurposed old library books. I love love love this idea — not least because I adore all things vintage and I’m a literary dork. The perfect way to give your home office storage a makeover.

     The storage bins are brought to you by Able + Baker, and are currently priced (reasonably if you ask me) at £30 each if you pre-order.

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